Sunday, June 15, 2008

*Not* Altoids Mint Tin Pocket Palette - for Watercolor or Gouache

Update to this post: After using this for a while the paint cracked and I just put new paint in straight out of the tube and let it dry --- sometimes simple is best.

It has been a long time since I posted anything . . . I had no idea. Life is going by so fast and that is just another good reason to record some of it by sketching. My son wanted to go by a garage sale last weekend to pick up some origami paper a friend told him about. The nice boy, who just graduated from college, was selling a mostly unused set of gouache paints for $5.00. I picked them up and decided it was time to make the mint tin pocket palette.

Here's mine:
I used the screw caps from cartons of milk and stuck them in to the tin with craft glue dots I use for scrapbooking. I read that others are using pop bottle caps and sticking them in with sticky-tack or poster putty. This is not an Altoids tin but it is the same size.

I painted the inside of the lid with appliance touch-up enamel and let that dry overnight. After the caps were secure in the tin, I put one drop of clove oil in each cap to retard mold in the paints. I read about that online somewhere and I had some so . . . in it went.

Then I put in one drop of honey to help keep them semi-moist. I heated the honey a little to get a smaller drop and make it mix more easily. Then added enough filtered water to cover the bottom of the cap before I squeezed the paint in. I stirred it until smooth with a toothpick. Actually I put the paint in first with the yellow. I learned that it works a lot better to put water in the bottom of the cap and then the paint. The ones I did that way didn't get air bubbles and they mixed to a smooth consistancy with a lot less effort.


I haven't painted the top black but will soon. I always wanted that bijou box but couldn't see spending the money. I liked this black tin because it made me think of the neat little box I saw and didn't buy. I really had fun making this and will make others. This one is gouache. I will probably want one with an old master's palette to play with and use for value studies. I already have a piece of red acetate for viewing values to fold up and put in that kit. I have a mini-mini I want to make up too. I'll post pictures as I finish the others.

24 comments:

BonnyRacca said...

What a fabulous way to make a mini set!
I never heard of some of things you did: especially the clove oil and the honey. Sounds like a really good idea.
You'll have to update us down the road a bit to tell us if the clove oil had any adverse effect on the paint. Wonder if it's okay for the paper?
Thanks for sharing the process photos. I look forward to seeing more of your tin palettes!

Dawnabelle said...

I wondered about the oil too. I decided this was the way to try it. It's not going to be used for anything archival. It seemed like a good way to try it out without risking much. It sure smells nice:-)

Donn said...

This is really a neat idea. Had never thought of milk carton tops before. Thanks for the tip of the honey being added to the paint. Also the tip of adding water first and then the paint. Never heard of clove oil.

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

Brilliant, using the lids! That looks lovely--have fun!

Luba said...

Thanks for posting this. Just today, I e-mailed my friends looking for someone to donate the tins when they are finished (and found one so far). I love the idea of using lids. I go through so many more of them than i do Sculpey clay which I would have to buy just for this. Enjoy your tins!

Anonymous said...

I had vision of you doing plain-air with a swarm of bees around you!!lol
Honey,clover oil... bees love them and can "snif" them from miles away.

Fantastic info....(this is why I love this group so much!!)
Guess what I'll be doing this afternoon??...now, only if I kept some of the bottle tops.
marieJ'

jeanette mistress of longears said...

Really liked all the tips (honey, water). Have you seen Altoids tins covered in polymer clay?

Shelly McC said...

Brilliant!

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